Common Questions About Social Security Disability Benefits
In my years of practicing Social Security law, I have guided hundreds of clients to successful resolutions in SSD and SSI cases. In my initial meetings with clients, I find that most people don’t know very much about how the application process works. On this web page, I will attempt to answer some of the questions that I hear most often. I encourage individuals to contact my office to set up a free phone consultation by calling 503-388-4191 or filling out my online contact form.
Do I qualify for benefits?
There are several factors that are considered, including your income level, your employment status and the severity of your current medical condition. Each application is judged based on the specific circumstances of each applicant.
Why do I need a lawyer?
The rules and regulations surrounding SSD and SSI are complex, and it is wise to at least consult with a lawyer to ensure that you are meeting all deadlines and your paperwork is filled out correctly.
How long will my case take?
Every case is different based on when and where you file and what your circumstances are. It is wise to contact a lawyer as early as possible in the process to keep everything running smoothly.
What’s the difference between SSD and SSI?
While both SSD and SSI are based on your disability, the benefits differ between the two programs based on your earnings history and financial eligibility. SSI is based on your need without regard to your work history.
When should I call a lawyer?
The sooner you call a lawyer, the better. Whether you are filing an initial application or you have received a denial letter, getting an attorney involved in the process as early as possible improves your chances of getting benefits.
Can I try to work while on disability?
The rules about working after you have applied or been awarded Social Security benefits are very complicated. In all situations, it is wise to work with an experienced attorney to ensure that you are compliant with government guidelines.
How can I keep my application from being denied?
The best way to prevent your claim from being denied is to get assistance from someone who has experience with the application process. Many claims are denied due to missing documents and errors in the application form.
What can I do if my Social Security benefits claim has been denied?
Even if you are denied benefits at the initial application stage, you can appeal that decision. An experienced attorney can explain the appeals process.
Contact Me To Schedule A Free Phone Consultation
I take the time to answer pertinent questions and inform my clients on the disability claims process, so they can understand their options. My goal is to help them become confident decision-makers regarding their legal needs. Email or call my office today at 503-388-4191 for a free phone consultation regarding your disability claim.
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